A major defect can make your vehicle unsafe to drive and put you at risk of a life threatening accident. By law, the car manufacturer is required to repair, replace or even refund your car or the equipment for free and within a reasonable amount of time. Read more
Identifying a hit and run driver can be difficult but not impossible. Hit and run accidents are classified as criminal offenses in all 50 states. Often times if a hit and run does not result in serious damage or any injuries, the police may regard this incident as a low priority and your case may be assigned to a traffic division or another department.
But if the accident results in serious injuries, damages or death and you can identify the car or the driver, they can open up a criminal investigation. Typically, if the police can confirm that the driver left the scene of an accident, that person can possibly even be arrested.
If you live in a no-fault insurance state your insurance company should compensate you regardless of who was at fault. This is especially helpful in a hit and run accident, when you can locate the driver.
If a driver damaged your personal property for instance your driveway by your home, a mail box, fence or any other property you own, your homeowner’s insurance may cover these damages.
It is important however, to try and identify the driver who left the scene after they hit you. You can do the following to try and identify the hit and run driver:
- Get eye witness identification. If someone witnessed the accident, you can ask them if they were able to identify the vehicle model and make or a description of the driver who left the scene.
- Video footage. Often times, businesses have video cameras. You can knock on the doors of the local businesses that were near by the accident and ask them if they can provide the video. If the business owner is not willing to give this video footage to you, your car accident attorney can subpoena them as part of a lawsuit.
- Persistence. If you were able to get a license plate number, you can trace the owner of the vehicle through the DMV office. This may help you file an insurance claim against the driver.
Even if you are able to identify the driver in a hit and run, many times the driver will not admit to being in the accident. In this case you would need to get an attorney to assist you. Many attorneys don’t charge you a fee until you are awarded a settlement in a lawsuit (they usually take a percentage).
If you work with an attorney, you may be able to sue for medical bills related to your injuries, missed time off work due to the accident as well as pain and suffering.
Our nationwide network of car accident attorneys can help you. We are available 24/7. Call us at: 855-272-6990.
No-fault insurance is vehicle insurance that isn’t concerned with who caused the accident. So even if the accident was your fault, your own insurance will cover any medical bills related to the accident if someone was injured. Read more
Trees sometimes fall or tip over, damaging homes, personal property and vehicles. For example, during or after a major storm, it is pretty typical for large branches to fall on power lines or for trees to tip over. This can cause major damage to a car, including high repair fees. Read more
When you’ve been injured in an auto accident, receiving the compensation you’re entitled to can be difficult, especially at a time when you may be dealing with complex matters such as physical pain, emotional suffering, lost time at work, trauma, car repairs and a litany of other unexpected issues. Read more
Motorcycle riders are unfortunately involved in more than their fair share of accidents, and the majority of these accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist. If you are a motorcycle owner and you are involved in a crash you can do a few things to help support your claim for compensation. Read more
When traveling long distances, such as on a road trip, it is important to adequately prepare for the journey and drive safely on the road to avoid accidents. Accidents do commonly happen on long distance driving trips because the driver is often working outside of his comfort zone. Follow these simple tips to minimize the chance of an accident on a long trip: Read more
Revisions of car models come out on a yearly basis, with new and improved features hoping to entice the consumer into making a purchase. Sometimes, faults are found in these vehicles after they are sold – faults which could prove potentially dangerous or fatal if they are not rectified. Read more
A car crash can be very frightening and disorientating, and you can be forgiven for being confused about what should be done immediately after the accident. After you have been seen by your physician and all information has been exchanged, what should be the next step? Read more
Head-on automobile crashes can be catastrophic to all involved, both physically and financially. Even at slow speeds, fatalities can occur when two vehicles crash head-on. What should you consider doing if you or someone you know has been in a head-on collision? A lawyer can help you get compensation for both your property damages and medical expenses, and even additional compensation for emotional pain and suffering. If another driver has been careless or reckless, you should retain the services of a personal injury lawyer that has a deep understanding of traffic laws to get the full extent of compensation you deserve. Read more
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